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Combating Systemic Issues in the Washington, DC Urban Community

Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF)

Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Guest (Early Registration)   more info Jun 1, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
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Thursday Network - Greater Washington Urban League Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Howard University (student + alum) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Black MBA Association (member) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Harvard University (alum) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
National Society Black Engineers (member) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Black Ivy Alumni League (member) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Yale University (alum) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Association of Black Psychologists (member) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Hampton University (alum) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
GWAC - Women Lawyers Division (member) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Columbia University (alum) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Washington Bar Association (member) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
Morehouse College (alum) Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00
American Association of Blacks in Energy Jun 1, 2017 Free $0.00

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Corporate Sponsor

The Peebles Corporation

Panel Discussion Topics

Illuminating the root causes that create the dysfunctions in the urban community

 Family, Judicial System, School, and Community

Practical, proven solutions to rectify certain root causes, and controlling the narrative telling our stories

 How to control the narrative in the media

How to bring more attention/resources to people who are doing the work and making substantive change

Where to allocate resources to organizations/systems effectively improving our communal issues

Effective measures to change local policy affecting our community

How to become an active stakeholder in our local schools, politics and judicial system



Dr. Kmt Shockley

Professor / Author “The Miseducation of Black Children”

Howard University


R. Donahue Peebles III

Real Estate Development Executive

The Peebles Corporation


Chandelis R. Duster



Dr. Jeffery Menzise

Professor/Author/Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Morgan State University/Founder of Mind on the Matter


Dr. Kevin Washington

Psychologist / Professor

Founder of Ubuntu Psychotherapy


Prince Williams, Esq.

DUI / Criminal Defense Attorney

Owner of AVID Law Firm, LLC


 Panel Moderator – Trey Barnette

Director of Professional Development

Catalyst Network Foundation Inc.


Partner Organizations

Thursday Network – GWUL Young Professionals

National Black MBA Association, Inc., Washington, D.C. Chapter

The Black Ivy Alumni League

NSBE DC Professionals

Harvard Black Alumni Society

Yale Black Alumni Association

Howard University Alumni Club (HUAC) of Greater Washington DC

Black Alumni Council of Columbia University (BAC)

Morehouse College Alumni – Washington, D.C. Chapter

Washington, DC Chapter- National Hampton Alumni Association

Washington Bar Association

Association of Black Psychologists – Washington, D.C. Chapter


American Association of Blacks in Energy

Have questions about Combating Systemic Issues in the Washington, DC Urban Community? Contact Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF)

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1813 M Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF)

The Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF) is a non-profit education initiative 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City and Washington, D.C.


Founded in 2011, CNF is focused on life enrichment and professional development, with a mission to engage high-potential youth (ages 14-25) and veterans (ages 21-30) with successful projects by providing the proper tools, network, and development opportunities.


CNF was conceived after its two founding members had a conversation about the future of youth and veterans in their community. After reviewing the lack of communal resources, skill development programs, and career-field opportunities for adults – the founders developed a vision. Through their combined efforts and strategic planning, the two founders recruited additional professionals to support the formation of Catalyst Network Foundation.


The social enterprise is fundamentally grassroots, steered by a volunteer leadership team in New York City and Washington, D.C. In July of 2012, Ranking Congressman Ed Towns awarded a proclamation to the Foundation, in recognition of the organization’s achievements.


The nonprofit holds a Summer Intensive Program for high school (HS) sophomores and juniors in New York City and Washington, D.C. Successful applicants are enrolled at a CNF partnership high school. Over 200 HS students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program and are CNF Fellows (99% have graduated HS, and more than 90% of them have enrolled in college or a trade school).


The fellowship scholars are trained from day one: they tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas, and develop professional skills. CNF personnel assess the Fellows career aspirations, expose them to various opportunities, and foster intrapersonal growth. Each student receives individualized attention and internships in preparation for higher education and community service.


Through CNF’s Mentorship Program, Fellowship scholars are paired with a mentor that is a trailblazer in the profession or career field the fellows aspire to pursue.


The CNF Internship Program secures CNF Fellows with internships at top startups, corporations, and medical institutions. Many fellows have gone on to attend prestigious colleges and universities.


Since 2011, the Fellows have participated in corporate tours and create or pitched presentations about inner-city school challenges to several corporations, including: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, HBO, Microsoft, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, BET, Essence Magazine, NPR, Kaye Scholer LLP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Bloomberg, Peebles Corporation, Infor, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.


The youth initiative also holds career and college preparatory workshops throughout the school year, educating over 800 high school students in the aforementioned metropolitan areas.


The organization works with American veterans (ages 21-30), connecting them with resources and information to assist them with their career and academic ambitions.


CNF host a professional mixer and panel discussion called The Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) a gathering that is held quarterly it uniquely combines networking and thoughtful policy discussion on topics affecting minority communities. The goal is to provide a forum for critical conversation on issues often ignored by mainstream media outlets. After the general discussion, the event transforms into an in-person social component allowing attendees to build on ideas.

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